Kuniko Mukoda (向田 邦子 Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 - August 22, 1981)
Sharp eyes of affection
Beginning as a TV scripts writer, wrote stories and essays that focused on ordinary people's lives.
Her insight into Japanese society laid the foundation of today's drama and "Kuniko Mukoda prize" was established named in honor of her.
She was killed in an air accident at the age of 51.
The Name of The Flower (1951)
collection containing thirteen assorted tales from various original works.
It's a short book, running to just 150 pages, and it makes for fairly easy reading.